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Publisher's Summary

Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race.
©2003 Frank E. Peretti (P)2003 Crossway Audio

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  • Sammi
  • 30-08-16

Not what I expected

I wanted the full novel, but this is summaries of each chapter. It still tells the story, but did not meet my expectations. Would not have purchased had I known, should have looked closer at the description.

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  • Kerry Ickatore
  • 03-12-09

great

This is a great book well worth a listen. The only problem I have is with the narrator. I think he only narrates the abridged version of a couple of his books. IMHO Peretti is as good a narrator as he is an author and I wish he would narrate all of his books unabridged. I would also like to see the Cooper Kids Adventures (narrated by Peretti) published someday!

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  • Isaiah Basye
  • 21-02-13

Frank E. Peretti is one talented individual

If you could sum up This Present Darkness in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, captivating, thrilling

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sad to say but my favorite character was Rafar Prince of Babylon. Frank does his voice so well. When he speaks you listen.

What does Frank E. Peretti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Each characters voice is well executed. I would run at night while listening to this book, and there were times I was frightened.

If you could take any character from This Present Darkness out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Marshall Hogan. Because that man leads an interesting life.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook might seem old school, but it's well worth the money. It was well done and is still holding its weight today.

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  • Daniele Griffin
  • 15-01-17

Classic

I've loved this series since I was 14. great insight into life's unseen spiritual battles

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  • Pat Skelton
  • 02-03-18

A Favorite!

Loved it about 25 years ago, and love it today. A great realization of how evil and good coincides.

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  • John
  • 29-11-11

Incredible Experience

Frank did an AMAZING job reading the book and bringing the true essence of the experience to life. It made my commute incredibly enjoyable for days...because I listened to it three times in a row.

Definitely worth the listen!

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  • Beverly Evans
  • 25-01-20

This Present Darkness

loved it! Made me remember that there is always a battle raging for our souls!

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  • Mandi Spells
  • 13-02-18

One of my favorites!

A very captivating story, keeps you listening. One of my very favorites of all time.

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  • Rebecca
  • 09-05-15

Breathtaking

narration was wonderful, story eye-opening , breathtaking!
Highly recommend open your spiritual eyes. God bless!

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  • Robert
  • 27-06-13

Condensed Milk Gone Bad

I consider the UN-abridged version of this book to be too lengthy in description–– every scene is over-described, full of fluffy description to the point of frustration. But at least you know what is going on. It takes a long time for the action to happen, but arguably there is a payoff.

THIS ABRIDGED VERSION is the opposite. Too dense. Too fast. Too much. They say less is more––but in this case, although there are less pages, there is just too much going on in too little space. My wife and I listened to fifteen minutes of this and just could not take any more.

Even having read part of the book before, I was unable to follow the story! The narrator was drowned by background music. But on top of this, we were bombarded with a slew of characters and descriptions without space or action to process the information.

Buy this ONLY if you have a project or homework assignment on this book for your school and you want to be able to pack a month's worth of reading into a couple of hours. Get ready for a headache, loads of rewinding––and you better have a hardcopy to follow along.

FOR FRANK PERETTI TO READ:

From one writer to another: I know people have told you the book is too long. What they really mean is not that they want a shorter book. The reader wants ACTION to drive the plot. Less is indeed more. But that is not a matter of pages. Give less details. But make the ones you give count. Get to the meat of the ACTION faster. Then stick to the fresh description (through more metaphor too)–– then reveal other details by dialogue. And of course, through ACTION. I love what you're trying to do with Christianity though. Loads of people I know have loved your book. I'm just one voice.

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  • catherine ozoude
  • 07-12-16

Wonderful story but too abridged

The story is too abridged. As a result, a lot of detail is left out. This abridge copy does not do justice to the book.

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  • Natz
  • 29-09-20

such a great depiction on spiritual warfare

such a great depiction on spiritual warfare and the power of praying saints in any town or city

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  • Rebecca Foster
  • 26-09-20

dramatic music and sounds effects!

love the story very powerful reminder to pray pray pray. not a massive fan of tge dramatic music and sound effects

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  • De1234
  • 21-05-20

Music ruins the listening experience but fine book

The loud and cheesy music and sound effects make this book very hard to listen to sadly as it irritatingly mixes with the words. So I could not even physically finish the book because of the music. Decent book so far but please audible, release a version without the music so we can just 'read'.

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  • rachael o.
  • 21-04-20

Love the story but abridged too far

I read this book years ago, and it inspired me to pray. The sound effects etc are great, but I feel the story has been abridged too far. If I had never read the book maybe I wouldn’t notice a lot was missing, but because I have, I felt this skipped a lot of details that made it hard to follow. Glad I listened, but not keeping it, it’s just too shortened.

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  • P. S. Ltd
  • 10-04-20

A great movie squeezed between covers!

Absolutely fantastic! I read this book over 25 years ago & it totally changed my life & re-read it again a few months ago. Listening to the audio is even more impactful!

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  • kitan babarinde
  • 10-04-20

Exciting!

Great acting, brilliant sound effects and music and a wonderful inspiration to pray more. Thank you!

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  • Stephanie Helyar
  • 10-09-19

If you can get past the cheesy 80’s style music and sound effects it’s very good

It took me a while to get past the cheesy music, would have been a lot better without it. But great story.

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  • Annamarie van der Berg
  • 01-08-18

Present Darkness

I love the story and the way it was presented. It come alive while I was listening. I can not stop listening to the story.

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  • Andrew Vidler
  • 11-01-18

Great For Learning the Spiritual World

Very good book. Especially for people who need to learn about the reality of the spiritual world. Great for younger ones teenage years are perfect. Author and narrator (same guy) very good indeed. Good and realistic sound effects.

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  • C.J.R Flanagan
  • 03-02-14

(Sigh)...Face Palm!

To start with, I purchased the abridged version by accident (mistake No.1)

Now it may sound strange, but I find that a mid 80s sounding synth keyboard being used as background music throughout a story with the intent of providing "ambiance" can be a little distracting. Should have listened to a sample first! (mistake No.2)

So needless to say, this audio book was switched off within five minutes of hitting the play button. I had read some great reviews and all, but something just wasn't right with it. I mean.... it just seemed....somewhat watered down...
After another short web based research session I discovered, to my utter dismay, that I had just purchased a "christian horror novel"!

I'll paraphrase a quote from another unknown reviewer, "the idea of a christian horror novel is as ridiculous as the idea of christian porn." Didn't do my research!
(mistake No.3)

To make matters much worse, I discovered that upon charging the $9.99 to my old credit card by mistake (which is now inactive) I had incurred a $30 non-refundable bank fee! (mistake No.4)

So to summarize, I payed $40 to listen to 5 minutes of a 2 hour long "christian horror novel" with a six year old mashing the keys of a cheap, battery operated, toy piano in the background whilst I clawed at the steering wheel of my car and fumbled through my iPhone to find the stop button, narrowly missing a pedestrian in the process.

Excuse me while I punch myself in the face......

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-20

Best christian novel to read in order to understan

Loved the story and the narrator was awesome. unfortunately the background music was incredibly distracting and I kept missing parts of the narration due to that.